Why choose a soy wax candle

  • By Τελώνη Ανδρονίκη
  • 10/30/2023

The gentle light of candles sets the perfect atmosphere, making them ideal for a cozy evening. However, choosing the right candle from the wide variety available in the market can be confusing due to differences in prices, quality, types, sizes, scents, and packaging. Amidst this candle dilemma, it’s important to choose what best suits your needs and prioritize non-toxic candles. The most common candles are made from paraffin, but if you are looking for a healthier and more natural choice, soy candles are the best option. Although soy candles are generally more expensive than paraffin candles, believe me, they are worth it! Let’s explore why…

Non-Toxic Candles

Many mainstream candle brands use paraffin wax, which is petroleum-based. In 2009, a study by South Carolina State University found that burning paraffin wax candles releases benzene: “The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has determined that benzene causes cancer in humans” (Facts About Benzene, 2018). However, the same study found that soy wax does not release benzene. Plant-based waxes, including soy wax, offer a more natural and sustainable option, but it’s important to shop wisely. Look for candles made of 100% natural soy wax to ensure you are not inadvertently buying a paraffin blend.

Environmentally Friendly

Soy candles are made from 100% natural soy wax, which is derived from soybeans. Since soybeans are a renewable resource, soy candles are much more environmentally friendly than traditional paraffin wax candles, which are made from petroleum—a fossil fuel that must be mined from the earth. By choosing soy wax candles, you support green practices instead of contributing to environmental degradation caused by petroleum extraction. Thus, in the battle of paraffin vs. soy wax, soy wax candles have a significantly lower environmental impact.

Longer Burning Time

The differences between soy wax and paraffin wax extend beyond environmental and health factors. Paraffin wax has a higher melting point due to its crystal structure, requiring more heat to burn and reducing the lifespan of your candles. In contrast, soy wax has a lower melting point, allowing for a longer burn time. Soy candles can burn 30-50% longer than paraffin candles, making them a great value for money.

Stronger Scent

Because soy wax burns cleaner than paraffin wax, the fragrance from its oils is more pleasant and stronger-smelling than that of paraffin candles.

All these reasons are why Spirit & Soap chooses non-toxic candles made from soy wax for you. Our candles are hand-poured using the highest quality soy wax, heavenly scented, natural, and always made with love and care.

If you would like to experience the benefits of non-toxic soy wax candles yourself, be sure to visit the Spirit & Soap Shop, where you’ll find 100% soy wax candles available in a variety of delightful scents.


By choosing non-toxic soy candles, you will be making a choice that benefits the planet, your health, your wallet, and your senses!


  • CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention). (2009, April 4). Facts About Benzene. Retrieved from CDC Benzene Facts.

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